Faith Leaders Respond to the London Bombings

A message to the people of Tower Hamlets

All faiths, all communities, all the agencies working in Tower Hamlets are united in grief and outrage at the bombings in central London on Thursday 7th July. Our thoughts are with those injured and the families of those so tragically killed.

Our gratitude and admiration goes to the police, staff at the Royal London Hospital, PCT, Tower Hamlets Council and the other workers and community volunteers who have responded so well to the challenge of these horrific events. We appreciate the extra police presence on our streets over the coming days to provide reassurance and added security.

The perpetrators of these atrocities aim to divide communities with damaging stereotypes and bigotry. But we are proud of the vibrant diversity and community harmony in Tower Hamlets and we will not allow such violent acts to threaten that cohesion.

Extremists and terrorists must not succeed in turning communities against each other in this borough. The work which we do to promote understanding of each others' faiths and beliefs, living together in mutual tolerance, is more vital than ever. It is essential that, at this difficult time, we maintain our links across the boundaries of faith, race and culture, standing together in solidarity.

Press Release

Date: 8 July 2005, 12 noon
Faith leaders hold silent vigil outside Aldgate Station

The explosions across London today have shocked us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims of these atrocities, their families, friends and colleagues. The faith communities are united in condemning the outrageous acts of terror, and we stand together in mutual support at this difficult time.

We are proud that relations between our communities in London are strong and vibrant, and we are determined that far from causing division, these tragic events will bring us closer together through our shared values in a spirit of genuine peace and harmony.

Given the intensity of the feelings of sadness and sympathy for the victims, there will be a silent vigil held outside Aldgate Station by various faith leaders at 2.30pm today. They will leave from the London Muslim Centre after the Friday prayers.

Further information:

Rt Rev Stephen Oliver
Bishop of Stepney, 07919 445521

Dr Muhammad Abdul Ban MBE
Chairman of East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre, 07932 878666

Neil Jameson
Executive Director of The East London Communities Organisation Organisation (TELCO) (07710 468930)

London Buddhist Centre, 0208981 1225

Revd. Alan Green
Chair, Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum, 0778 993 7163

Harmander Singh
Principal Adviser, Sikhs in England. 07958 946 868

David Russell,
Congregation of Jacob Synagogue and Jewish East End Celebration Society, 0207 788 4100

Father Digby Samuels
Roman Catholic Church, Borough Doan, Tower Hamlets

Musleh Faradhi
President. Islamic Forum Europe, 020 7456 1062
Media enquiries: 107947787222 .